Telangana waives toll tax for commuters ahead of Sankranti
Hyderabad, Jan 13: The Telangana government on Saturday decided to waive toll tax for commuters on national highways ahead of Sankranti.
Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi issued instructions to waive off the toll gates charges to the commuters on national highways to and fro from Hyderabad on January 13 and January 16, a day before and a day after the three-day festival, according to an official release.
The move is expected to provide relief to many families travelling to their native towns and villages in Telangana and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. It will ease long traffic snarls seen at the toll gates on Hyderabad-Vijayawada, Hyderabad-Warangal and other highways since Friday night.
Thousands of people head to their native places in Telangana and AP every year to celebrate the three-day harvest festival of Sankranti. The highways witness a huge rush of travellers during the festival time and it often results in massive traffic jams at the toll plazas.
Hundreds of four-wheelers were waiting at the toll gates for their turn, slowing down the movement of vehicles on the highways.
Sankranti is a major harvest festival of Telugu people. Thousands employed in Hyderabad head to their homes in towns and villages.